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Photo © by darwin1601
Tangkoko, Sulawesi, Indonesia, December 2018

Alternative names: Minahasa Barn Owl; Minahasa Owl (Minahasa has in the past been spelled Minahassa)

Tyto inexspectata


27–31 cm (10½-12¼ in)

  • back black with reddish admixture or back/upper parts pale cinnamon
  • wings with black and rufous barring or just with darker striations
  • facial disc with dark border and off white feathering (may have rusty tinge)
  • under parts cinnamon with sparse dark spotting
  • pale yellowish bill
  • eyes large, dark
  • feet pale whitish skinned with cinnamon feathering


Photo © by Mark Harper
Tangkoko , North Sulawesi, September 2016

Sulawesi endemic. South East Asia: Indonesia: Greater Sundas. North-eastern Sulawesi (Minahassa Peninsula) and central Sulawesi.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Primary and disturbed riverine, hill and montane forests.



There is no information available about their diet.


A nest hole in a tree found in 1939 was thought likely to belong to this species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved December 2018)

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